Maternal Mental Health


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Nearly one fifth of pregnancies and childbirths are associated with mental health disorders. Cristen and Caroline detail why antenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression happen, where the gaps are in treatment, and how culture and class factor into maternal healthcare.

Episode Sources:

"Postpartum depression" http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/basics/definition/con-20029130

"Thinking of ways to harm her" https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/health/thinking-of-ways-to-harm-her.html

"An insurance penalty from postpartum depression" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/27/your-money/an-insurance-penalty-from-postpartum-depression.html

"Treating postpartum depression" http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/02/postpartum.aspx

"The secret sadness of pregnancy with depression" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/magazine/the-secret-sadness-of-pregnancy-with-depression.html?_r=0

"On going off my depression medication during pregnancy" http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a52068/on-going-off-your-depression-meds-for-pregnancy/

"Prenatal depression might be the most severe form of maternal depression" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/08/29/prenatal-depression-may-be-the-most-severe-form-of-maternal-depression/

"Moms who need mental health care the most aren't getting it." http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/02/health/mothers-mental-health-postpartum-depression/

Academic Insights:

"Postpartum depression: Literature review of risk factors and interventions." Donna E. Stewart et al. October 2003. Toronto Public Health. http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/lit_review_postpartum_depression.pdf

"Rates and predictors of postpartum depression by race and ethnicity." CH Liu and E Tronick. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Vol. 17, No. 9. November 2013. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23095945

"Racial and ethnic disparities in postpartum depression care among low-income women." Katy Backes Kozhimannil. Psychiatric Services. Vol. 62, No. 6. June 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733216/

"Scientific understandings of postpartum illness: Improving health law and policy?" Stacey A. Tovino. Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Vol. 33. 2010. http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlg/vol331/99-174.pdf

Resources:

Postpartum Support International http://www.postpartum.net/

Postpartum Progress http://www.postpartumprogress.com/

Seleni http://seleni.org/